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Just home from Argentina, a country he first visited in 1999, Mr Scott Weightman, from Spittal, created such an impression as guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club on Wednesday that he was immediately booked to give another on Cambodia and Vietnam.
Retired geography teacher, journalist, writer and author, he has visited nearly 100 countries. He said the current Argentina was buoyant, still mad about football, its prices and security have rocketed and it oozes style.
Couples still dance the tango on pavements, but he said there were changes. On his first visit he was told he must visit ‘Freddo’s’, a popular ice cream parlour. Now it seemed there was one on every corner.
In 1999 he had gone round the Eva Peron experience. She still is remembered with affection. Agriculture remains a great industry with their large beef steak: still a speciality.
He was disappointed that because of high seas and huge waves they could not sail around Cape Horn and had to use the Magellan Straits instead. Capital, Buenos Aires, showed that the country was very friendly. It seemed to have a very good relationship with Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.